Commodore Kyd has been appointed the first seagoing Captain of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Commodore Jerry Kyd is a former Captain of HMS Ark Royal and HMS Illustrious. Cdre Kyd has a lot of command experience both at sea and ashore. As well as the two carriers he has commanded the Type 23 frigate HMS Monmouth and more recently served for two years as the Captain of Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.
He joins HMS Queen Elizabeth following his appointment as Commander of the UK’s Response Force Task Group.
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The Queen Elizabeth class mark a change from expressing carrier power in terms of number of aircraft carried, to the number of sortie’s that can be generated from the deck. The class are not the largest class of carrier in the world but they are most likely the smallest and least expensive carrier the Royal Navy could build which still have the advantages that large carriers offer.
In addition, new modular accommodation to house sailors working on the new supercarriers has been completed almost one month early.
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation is supporting the carrier programme by providing security, messing facilities and accommodation for the carrier’s crew. A total of 302 new cabins are now ready to be occupied by service personnel based at Rosyth.
Defence Minister Philip Dunne said:
“I am delighted to see HMS Prince of Wales coming to life and welcoming her first crew on board. Both she and her sister ship, HMS Queen Elizabeth are well on schedule to enter full service as the largest and most advanced aircraft carriers ever built for the Royal Navy.
From today, HMS Prince of Wales will be home to a growing complement of personnel, offering a clear demonstration of how our £178 billion investment in equipment is securing a bright future for our Armed Forces.”
Crew have already started moving aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth, sea trials begin in the New Year and the vessel moves to Portsmouth in Spring 2017.